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What do you like to shop for online and what do you still go to stores to buy?

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I shop online for things I can not buy locally and have them delivered, and I shop locally at stores for everyday items.

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I buy alot of my clothes on ebay or western websites. Jackets, dresses, skirts, jeans, underwear, etc. The main reason is the size. My husband doesn't fit into the 3 sizes they have here either, so his clothes come from overseas too ( he is Japanese but they don't fit ). I never buy shoes online, we get them when I am home. I buy all my food locally. I have an amazing local arcade with great fresh produce.

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I tend to buy DVDs, CDs, books, and few chocolates I can't get in Japan, online. But I still prefer to shop for groceries, clothes, electronic items, furniture, etc, in stores.

I'd like to use the to do my banking but I don't have the confidence or anyone to show me how to do it.

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I don't shop on line. It's a waste of time surfing the Internet.

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I shop baby clothes from Nissen.It's cheap and the quality is not bad. Everything is made in China anyway, I just avoid the overpiced stuff at the stores.

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seesaw2 - I don't shop on line. It's a waste of time surfing the Internet.

That's funny!

You can save hundreds of dollars and countless hours shopping on the net. I buy most of my materials and sporting goods internationally online. My GF is a fashion freak, so I encourage her to shop online too instead of going to Ginza and getting ripped-off. However, there are many traps for the inexperienced web shopper.

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I buy books, high quality clothes and shoes, and food I can't find here in my supermarket. It is much cheaper to buy meat here on the net than in the store. It is convenient for example to look for an item on Rakuten and you get the choice of many different items in different shops with good explanations. If I would have to go outside into shops, it would take forever. I'd rather go to a store to buy pants, skirts and fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Cooking is one of my hobby so Offline: Aeon supermarket (to see Becky), Kaldi (for taco seasonings etc.) Online: Rakuten (bulk purchase for canned ingredients), hilahcooking (latest fav cooking show).

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They don't carry my shoe size in most stores so I usually buy them on the net. I wish that I didn't have to, though, because the postage can get too high, and a lot of time the quality or fit is not very good. I would definitely buy them in the store if I had the choice!

Generally I buy books and some food ingredients online, because to find them in the store would be too difficult or take too much time to travel to and from.

If postage was free, I would buy almost everything online except for clothes and food items I can get locally.

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I buy almost everything on the Net. I can find the exact item(s) I want without the hassle of running through crowded stores or looking at nice clothes that they won't have in my sizes. I'm pretty particular about the clothing, designer goods, staple items, etc. I buy in the States so I always order them online. Sometimes, I'll bulk order a year or so's worth of stuff just before going home and then throw them in the suitcase or in my carry-on bag on my way back to Japan.

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I think Amazon is one of the best (if not the best) site for purchasing books. I always use it for English books and it is much cheaper than buying them in Japan or back in my country. I also buy CDs from yesasia. Again, much cheaper than buying them in any store.

I have never bought clothes, shoes, or anything like that from an online shop and i will never do.

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online books, cds a few dvds, odds & ends for the house, so fun things to surprise the mrs. And a couple times a year a case of 10-15bottles of various ji-biru one site has lots of great J-brews & cheaper then stores which never have much selection anyway!

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Whittards teas from England. In particular Lapsang Souchong and their Afternoon Blend. Printer inks are much cheaper. Car parts are much cheaper than from a local dealer and the same or higher quality. Good deals on tyres. Some other things not available in local shops. Amazon, which has free delivery.

Check the reviews in Yahoo Auctions. If a supplier has many reviews and less than 1% are bad, they are probably as reliable as any shop.

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If you live in the boonies, where it costs 800 yen for a round trip bus ride to the nearest small city, the Internet is the only way to go for anything beyond fresh groceries. I can get everything better and cheaper online. It just took a while to learn where to buy stuff.

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INSTORE: foods, beverages, pet foods, paper products, household liquids. ONLINE: virtually... Everything else. (pun intended) I tend to view items in stores then buy them for less online.

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books (japanese and english), contact lenses, music, and auto/motorcycle goods are the biggest for me. things I need but either can't find locally or just don't need today.

maybe once a year I'll order some kind of homesick food that I can't get here, when that unstoppable and inexplicable craving hits.

(alphagetti was the last one for me. 30 years without even the slightest desire for it, then one day, out of the blue, my brain told me that life would not be complete without an overpriced can of processed pasta. oddly worth it, though.)

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anyone know where I can oder some Capt'n Crunch??

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Not sure but I know a few shops where you can get weetabix, vegemite(no bovril), etc.

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hokkaidoguy.

Alphagetti, egg-pasta, etc are all available. Said they stopped selling Bread and Potato-dumplings a few years ago. NO real loss I can make those from scratch but the ready-made stuff came in handy at times. Glad that Gnocci became readily available now as well as muffins, etc. Manner Wafers, etc disappeared again. :(

Most of the stuff I pay online is for my hobby as local shops closed down over the years, food stuff, etc I can make most of it from scratch.

Said that most of the local stores will cater for my overseas food cravings as we also got overseas certified bakeries, butchers and confectioners.

Clothing no problem still fit into japanese sizes. :P

So online purchases is hobby stuff and some games I can't get locally. Local book-store will order anything that Maruzen don't stock.

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GW - CC at FBC General Store I like Rakuten for buying most stuff from Japan. Once you get used to the format, it's easy to order in Japanese, and now they have English, so it's easy for newcomers as well.

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Easy, KY at my local Japanese 7-11 and too bad for Astroglide, either go to the American bases here on the islands or use the old world wide web.

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